QPR 'appalled' by EFL plan to restart Championship on June 20

QPR ‘absolutely appalled’ by EFL plan to restart Championship on June 20 as chief executive Lee Hoos blasts decision: ‘I am absolutely stunned by this… the players haven’t even returned to full-contact training’

  • EFL announced June 20 as provisional date for Championship season to resume
  • QPR chief executive Lee Hoos and his management team are ‘appalled’ 
  • He added that they were only told of the statement 40 minutes beforehand
  • QPR players are not yet back in full contact training ahead of proposed restart 
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QPR chief executive Lee Hoos is ‘absolutely appalled’ at decision to restart the Championship campaign on June 20. 

On Sunday evening, the EFL confirmed the provisional date for resumption of play after the suspension of the season during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Hoos launched a scathing attack on the EFL and said manager Mark Warburton and Director of Football Les Ferdinand shared his views. 

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos (right) and director of football Les Ferdinand (left) are vehemently opposed by the scheduled restart of the Championship season 

He said in a statement on the club’s website: ‘I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football Les Ferdinand and our manager Mark Warburton.

‘Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by the divisional representatives – or anyone else in the Football League – regarding this matter.

‘On top of that, we were only made aware of the statement 40 minutes before it was made public.

‘Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule.

QPR are currently six points off the playoffs and 11 away from the relegation zone 

Manager Mark Warburton shares the complaints of his chief executive about the schedule

‘The players haven’t even returned to full-contact training at this moment and yet they are now expected to be in a position to play at a competitive level in just three weeks’ time.

‘I have made our feelings known to the EFL and, having spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter. We are absolutely appalled.’

The government gave the green light for competitive sport to take place again behind closed doors from June 1. 

Hoos only learned of the EFL’s announcement 40 minutes before publication on Sunday 

But Championship clubs’ players are still yet to return to full training despite the announcement of the proposed return date. 

The EFL want the Championship to follow a similar timeline to the Premier League (restarting on June 17) in order to avoid possible issues with promoted and relegated clubs.

Their restart plan comes despite 10 individuals from eight Championship clubs testing positive for coronavirus in the latest round of tests. 

QPR are six points from the playoffs and 11 away from relegation with only nine matches left to play this term.  




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